Well, if there is minimal or a favorable current and no motorboat traffic, you are good to go! How many people face this issue? In the case a very low bridge wouldn’t dropping the sail and mast if needed and paddling be safer and faster?
The generally accepted practice is to use a permanent marker to mark your normal upwind setting on the boom by the clew and tighten it to that setting when you round the leeward mark. Some people mark their lines with a marker instead.
Yes, so it is on the opposite side of the mast from the deck block. It makes it much easier to get the rig all the way up and cleat it so it stays all the way up. Also makes it easier to rig an effective vang.
"should the block get pulled by something that would damage that mounting location?"
In all my years of Sunfish sailing - which is a lot - I have never seen a mounting location damaged once, so this seems like an unneeded precaution. "At your better Yacht Clubs". :cool:
I don’t think the key to success is motors or oars. Neither will help on a day with a nice breeze. If there is a good breeze you can sail faster than using a motor.
You should optimize your boat for upwind Sailing and then practice, practice, practice. You should read up on racing so you...
Well, as an alternative to lying the rig on the grass and deciding where to fasten things, you could read Eduardo Cordero's rigging guide here Sunfish | Starboard Passage
I was unaware that the Sunfish racing rig was an evolution of the Polynesian crab claw sail.
I think the reasons Gregory...